After barely sneaking into the playoffs, Doug Collins' young squad almost found themselves facing off against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Did you read that correctly? I said the Eastern Conference Finals.
Coming into the playoffs as an eighth seed, they found themselves facing a Derrick Rose-less Bulls and were able to easily toss out the East's top team. Even more impressive, the 76ers pushed the Boston Celtics to seven games.
Next year, many expect the 76ers to take that next step in their development. With a lot of young assets and a top coach, this team has a lot to look forward to. But can they capitalize on a successful season and become even better? A lot depends on their offseason.
For now, here are three steps this team needs to take in order to build on their amazing 2011-2012 NBA season.